In part 1, we discussed why it is important to educate your riders. Adding humor and wit to your explanations is an effective and fun means of educating your riders. One way of doing this is to use analogies and metaphors that have no relation to cycling, but in their comparison bring a smile to your students’ faces. People will be more likely to remember what you’ve told them if it makes them laugh.
Everyone had a class with a fun and wacky science teacher in high school, right? I did. His name was Mr. Sherman. He was quirky in a good way and made learning enjoyable. I’m not advocating that we start developing quirks or acting wacky in our indoor cycling classes, but the point is, making education fun is a great way to learn AND and a fun way to teach.
As crazy as it sounds, neuromuscular adaptation, strength training methodologies, and anatomy are not normally thought of as fun or appropriate topics during an indoor cycling class. Particularly if your playlist contains such favorites as “What Does the Fox Say” and the “Chicken Dance” (although I might be able to twist the latter to my advantage).
So to accommodate these strange fun-less people, we must make class fun in a less academic and scientific way. There are two benefits that come from this “fun” exercise. First, one must think outside the box. It doesn’t even have to be about cycling, training, or science, and it is usually better received if it is not. I have a few examples below, so you will see just how far out of the box I’m talking about.
Second, in order to create a relatable (and accurate) analogy, one must understand the topic in detail. The process of creating the “fun” will actually help you as the instructor learn and retain the knowledge and concepts better yourself.
The following four examples will hopefully spark some ideas to create some of your own wacky ways to explain something on the bike using analogies and metaphors.